Wednesday, August 5, 2015


Helloooo... internet! It's been a while!

We are about to embark on a major project, so I thought it was high time that I got this ole' blog back on track! So, it's been almost 9 months since I've written, and I've missed it, I really have! In the last 9 months, it seems like a lot has happened... we've settled into our new city quite nicely, eating at all the local restaurants, going to the weekly outdoor concerts on the square, taking advantage of some pretty cool hiking spots in and around the area, and spending lots of time with family. We've also managed to start expanding our family, with the addition of a new little BOY coming soon. One area that could use some work though is our house. Since we've moved in, we've painted a few rooms here and there, but no major renovations. Until now!

That's right, we are on the verge of something major! As we speak, there is a crew tearing out our kitchen. And (fingers-crossed) in six to eight weeks, we'll have our dream kitchen!

Just a little background, since we actually haven't shared much about our house before now. It was built in 1952, and is what I like to call, a "modern ranch", as it has some features that could be considered mid-century, however from the street we appear to be your typical one-story ranch house. We are in a beautiful neighborhood near the center of town, complete with a lake, trails, tennis courts, and baseball fields, all within walking distance. And even though it is a neighborhood, we back up to a ravine that feeds from the lake, and the wooded view out our back windows, feels as if we live in the mountains.

So without further ado, let me share what we are dealing with here, in terms of the kitchen, that was most likely original from the 1950's...

For starters, the room is divided in two, due to the fact there was an addition added to the home, we are guessing sometime in the 1970's? And unfortunately, we won't truly be able to correct that in the renovation, but hopefully the division will be a little less noticeable.

Let it also be known that these photos were taken after we had moved everything out (which should be pretty obvious), but with demo about to begin, we had to get it ALL out! Including the microwave and refrigerator, that are being used in our temporary kitchen, which is the laundry room!

Your eyes do not fool you, those are yellow cabinets (as well as wood tone cabinets), and yellow 4x4 tiles with green trim, beautimus right?

As for our new kitchen, the layout is similar, however the wall above that has the wood-tone cabinets is going to be removed, with a peninsula with bar seating put in it's place to open up the kitchen to the living space.

The terra cotta tile flooring is being replaced with cork, the cabinets are being replaced with flat-panel wood, and the laminate countertops will be replaced with a white solid surface. Pretty much a complete gut job.

And we have all new appliances! And hopefully a fun, fresh backsplash, that has yet to be determined.

In the photo above, you can see the door that we typically use as our main entrance up until now. Although that is going to be filled in, and that whole area in that corner will now be a walk-in pantry, allowing us to do a minimal amount of upper cabinets.

All of that being said, we'll be living out of one (of our two) family rooms for the next few months, and as mentioned above, our laundry room is serving a dual-purpose as it is now also our kitchen.

Most of the furniture you see in the distance above, actually belongs in the room below, but we did a little switching around for comfort's sake, and this is now what we are living in, while the room below will be part of the construction zone.

view from kitchen
And this is facing the other direction, which the wall there in the center is the wall that will be removed!

And just for fun, here's the temporary kitchen set-up. I'll let you know how it goes.

Stay tuned for more updates, and more rooms, including quick fixes in some of the bathrooms, as well as the kid's rooms!

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